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Second Chances: Tilly the river otter

Second Chances: Tilly the river otter

(soft music) – Tilly was found as an orphan
at about two months of age. She was being attacked by a cat in an apartment complex in Johnson Creek. She was found alone,
so we don’t know if she had brothers and sisters. We don’t know if the cat
dragged her out of a nest. She at that time kinda
needed to learn the ropes from someone and we helped
nurse her back to health. BC is Tilly’s boyfriend, you could say. And he came to us also as an orphan and they bonded and played
and have become a great pair. (squeaking) Shh, shh, shh. Ed’s constant taken care of pups. She’ll come out and take a dip and get some exercise but 99% of the time she’s in there curled up with those pups. They’re nursing, she’s grooming
them, keeping them warm. There’s no dad to help out. She their prime care giver. She’s also very protective and when she does leave them
when they’re really little, she will cover them up with straw. As keeper’s we would go
in and weight the pups once a day or every few days to make sure they’re healthy and doing well. She would allow us to handle
her pups and not get nervous. Otter pups don’t learn to swim til they’re about two months of age. The mom will grab them
by the scruff of the neck and bring them in, and it looks like she’s tryin’ to drown them. We’ve had visitors
that’s upset about that, but it’s like no she’s just teaching them. She’s got to take them down to the bottom and they have to learn how
to dive for their food. What was really cool was to see her with a little otter that wasn’t her own and trying to mother him. She knows what to do and she
was using those instincts to take care of any young
otter pup that she was around. River otters are one of my
favorite animals to work with. Just because, they’re very energetic, very playful, very smart. We can really see a lot of
Tilly in her daughter, Nelly. She’s kind of similar where
she is just very sweet, very bright, picks up
on things really fast. I think that’s part of
what makes her special. I think if people can relate to animals, their playfulness like otters, that they want to support
and protect that wildlife. They kind of connect to them. My responsibility to Tilly is
taking the best care of her and her family as I can. It’s amazing to see a
river otter like Tilly come to us without a
mom at such a young age and then to become a mother herself and be wonderful with her
pups and raising a family.

100 thoughts on “Second Chances: Tilly the river otter”

  1. So sweet so cute so so adorable! God Bless the ppl who help rescue animals of any kind that need it. I love animals so much.

  2. We need a otter can I would watch that all day!!! I send most of my time at the zoo watching the otters my zoo lets me bring them toys to play with they love frisbees and balls.

  3. I have a Tilly 2 or 3 week kitten when I found her the raccoons were eating all the kittens it was Halloween so I called he Tilly after my favorite book Tilly ispwitch she is all grown up now tall skinny black cat and needs held a lot 💋

  4. animal can be so warmth and care each other. Why can't we? ah, I see…money..race..religions…politics…

  5. Beautiful video of all beautiful lives, Love life and life will Love you back . . Treat all living beings as our young Ones, if we human are stern in extreme situations considering ourselves most intellectual, when we come across any specie..

  6. I lived near the Deschutes River in Bend and loved watching the whimiscal River Otters, could never get enough of the sweet creatures.

  7. Note to all animals: STOP BREEDING! GET A FUCKIN' VASECTOMY FIRST, YOU STUPID DADS!! If you're not going to help out & take care of the pop then STOP FUCKING!!
    There's nothing wrong with sex purely for pleasure, but it is WRONG TO REPRODUCE & FORCE another NONCONSENTING BEING INTO EXISTENCE!

  8. I dont know why people can dislike this video. Those pure hearted animals are so fragile to protect themselves. Thinking about a new born baby in the wild….
    Watching this video I have such mixes feelings. Feeling happy and sad at the same time.. Poor little baby…

  9. OMG! I love these people. They need to be the ones making millions–Love Tilly & her Family.

  10. I wonder if otters could be taught a few "whistling language" words like that of Selbo in the Canary Islands

  11. Tilly what an inspirational Otter you are 🤩 and such a good mom too 😊 those pups will have a great start in life ❤️

  12. lol Who ever though the mother otter was trying to drown the baby is retarded. It's pretty obvious what she was doing.
    Anyway this is too cute.🤗

  13. I have always enjoyed otters. For years we had a nice kelp forest by my house. It supported a whole group of sea otters. The kelp disappeared, the otters disappeared. I enjoyed watching them, miss them now.

  14. Write to the Florida Fish and Game and tell them to STOP issuing permits to trap and kill these beautiful animals! Thank you<3

  15. Otters will also gang up on crocodiles and alligators and kill them. They get pretty viscous for such an adorable little creature.

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